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Publisher's Summary

This Hugo-nominated novella adds a delightful extra chapter to Bujold's acclaimed Vorkosigan series. Falling in between the novels A Civil Campaign and Diplomatic Immunity, it describes the wedding of Miles and Ekaterin and the events leading up to it.

In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his wedding. The long-awaited event stirs up romance and intrigue among his eccentric family and friends, particularly for bioengineered space mercenary Sergeant Taura and shy, diffident Armsman Roic. But Miles also has an enemy who is plotting to turn the romantic ceremony into a festival of death.

Winterfair Gifts offers another of Bujold's witty, character-centered science-fiction plots with a twist of romance.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Vorkosigan saga.
©2004 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Miles is one of the most enjoyable characters in science fiction." (School Library Journal)

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Romantic Sweetness

Wedding Day for Miles. With a bit of mayhem, of course. I love that Bujold hasn't forgotten Taura or Ellie, because we certainly haven't. She also helps us remember why Ekaterin is the bride. A charming story all around.

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Novella with more romance than sci-fi

This is a novella about Miles and Ekaterin's wedding, and about some of the secondary characters, as well. It's short but interesting. It's more romance than sci-fi, really, although there is some suspense and an evil plot afoot, for sure.

It's lighter fare than the usual Vorkosigan adventure, but tasty.

The narrator of the audiobook, Grover Gardner, is very good. It's about 2.5 hours in length.

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Silly, typical, but fun

Had fun listening, though I felt that some character developments were a bit forced. It's a good follow up to A Civil Campaign. The story focuses a lot of time on a size relationship when it should have had more of the wedding itself. Still if you're a fan, you'll be grinning the entire time.

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a perfect vignette

If you are reading this then you don't need to be told how good the Vorkosigan Saga is. This little fragment of the saga is as good as anything in it and a good deal more emotional than most. Recommended.

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A Great good Romp

What did you love best about Winterfair Gifts?

I will never get over the loss of LMB but listening to this story has brought back such great memories of all of her wonderful work. I may be shourt but well worth a listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That Miles was not the main character just made it better.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wound up laughing all through out the story.

Any additional comments?

Just very Enjoyable

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Miles is getting married finally!

Everyone's invited. An old love maybe jealous of Miles' happiness. Is his intended having an attack of nerves or worst? Will she make it to the altar?

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A Lovely Short

At just over 2 hours this was a quick listen but as an avid reader of the Vorkosigan saga it was well worth the money. Unlike any of the other stories, this one is told from the perspective of a Vorkosigan armsman, so while the normal big players are still present, they are somewhat reduced. this allows for the little things in their lives to take center stage.

a word of warning, if you have not read many of the books it may be best to hold off. I found this story to be so good because of the many in jokes and back story.

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A Marvelous Vignette

Another great novella that reveals stunning characters and themes from Bujold! This one focuses on Tara and Guardsman Roic. Deep, touching and fun.

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Yes, I really gave it 5 stars

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This little romp in the Vorkosigan universe is just plain fun. It might not be the place to start if you are unfamiliar, but it I really enjoyed getting the perspective of some normally "supporting cast" characters.

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Love the Vorkosigan saga!

What did you love best about Winterfair Gifts?

Seeing Taura again and the courage she shows. Watching Roic growing.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Grover Gardner is a top notch reader who gives life to his characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laugh at the description of the garden supplement and the reactions of the characters.

Any additional comments?

Others have said: "The serie is character driven..." It's true but more than that the people,under Ms Bujold's pen,are individuals you can relate to. They are a mirror of our society. Including Taura.